Welcome to the latest edition of FutureScape. In this edition we update on our forthcoming Business 2025 charity seminar, provide a short report on the excellent Anticipating 2025 event, and reflect on the clash between the pace of scientific advancement and the challenges of government policy making.

1.   Business 2025 – Pathways to Transformation: Charity Seminar

2.   New Keynote Speech and Board Role Announcements

3.   Anticipating 2025 Conference Report

4.   The Clash of Science and Policy

5.   Business 2025 – The Case for Total Transformation

6.   Rohit on the Road

As always we welcome your feedback and suggestions for future topics. If you’d like to book Rohit for a speech or would like to meet with him please contact rohit@fastfuture.com.


Rohit Talwar
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1.    Business 2025 – Pathways to Transformation: A Seminar in aid of Street Kids International 


Date – May 19th 2014 – 5.30pm – 9.00pm

Venue – The Forward Foundation, Centro 3, 19 Mandela Street, London NW1 0DU

There has been an excellent response to the announcement of the first event in our series of Fast Future multi-sensory transformation experiences. 100% of the proceeds from the event are going to Fast Future’s chosen charity – Street Kids International (SKI) http://uk.streetkids.org/ 

The main speaker for this first event will be Rohit Talwar a global futurist, transformation advisor and CEO of Fast Future Research.  He will share the results of Fast Future’s latest research on foresight driven transformation. Rohit will argue that future success demands a complete rethink of the mind, body and soul of business. He will describe critical drivers reshaping the business landscape, highlight the resulting strategic imperatives and present a framework for driving genuine organisation-wide transformation. Rohit will illustrate this highly interactive talk with case studies of how organisations across the globe are using future insights to drive their transformation efforts. For an expanded discussion of the topic see section 5 below. For full details and register for the event please visit this page

Event Schedule

17.30   Registration, networking and multi-sensory stimuli

18.15   Transformation inspirations

18.50   Business 2025 Presentation and Q&A

20.15   Networking and multi-sensory stimuli

21.00   Close

If you cannot attend you can still receive a copy of the slides and write up from the event in return for making a voluntary donation on the registration page.

The experience will include a range of multi-sensory activities designed to stimulate the mind, body and soul of attendees. Full details are presented in item 5 below.

Here are some recent videos of Rohit in action:

Anticipating 2025 – “Driving forces, global challenges and potential disruptions”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwcLQCIfxpY

A World in Transition – http://www.colliers.com/en-gb/uk/insights/multimedia

2.    New Keynote Speech Announcements 

We are pleased to announce that Rohit has been booked to deliver keynote speeches at a number of major events in the coming months.

July 15th – Next Gen Intelligent Cities Conference, Bradford UK, http://www.nextgenevents.co.uk/events/intelligent-cities-conference-bradford

October 9th – IP EXPO Europe, London UK, http://www.ipexpo.co.uk

We are also delighted to report that Rohit has accepted an invitation to join the Advisory Board for International Omni Retailing Markets Association (IORMA) http://www.iorma.com

IORMA monitors and analyses the evolution and future transformation of the whole value chain for global consumer goods and services. IORMA’s scope encompasses the future creation, design, manufacture, branding, packaging, marketing, sale, payment and delivery through to end of life disposal of consumer goods and services and the corresponding evolution of all 7 billion global consumers themselves.

3. Anticipating 2025 Conference Report

Anticipating 2025 was a 2 day conference hosted in London on March 22nd and 23rd by London Futurists and Humanity+. The goal was to explore:

Rohit gave the opening speech on – “Driving forces, global challenges and potential disruptions” – you can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwcLQCIfxpY.

Through an excellent panel of speakers and highly engaged audience discussions, the event provided a far reaching and eye-opening exploration of the scientific, technological, business, social and policy challenges in taking advantage of the disruptions and developments shaping the future. We will upload a full write-up on the event shortly. Key themes were the rapid emergence of a Super Intelligent, Super Human and highly connected society which offers immense possibilities for the progress of mankind – while also creating major social, moral, ethical and political challenges. A recurring theme was the potential for emerging technologies to eliminate jobs far faster than they would be replaced by emerging sectors.

The presentations and slides from the event can be found here: http://anticipating2025.com/agenda/

4. The Clash of Science and Policy

One of the challenges that’s becoming increasingly evident as we engage with government and industry clients around the world is the growing mismatch between their decision making and execution timeframes. This is particularly evident at the Air Transport Advisory Group 2014 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit currently taking place in Geneva. Rohit delivered an opening keynote highlighting current and future  disruptive and transformational impacts of disparate advances such as artificial intelligence, robotics, rapid construction, 3D printing, bio-engineering, human augmentation and brain uploading for the aviation sector.

The policy maker discussions that followed highlighted the growing challenge for national and international governance organisations. Despite their clear interest and acknowledgment that many of these developments could completely derail the global aviation sustainability policy making process, few held out any prospect of really transformational innovation and acceleration in policy formulation approaches.  Privately many acknowledge that most policy makers feel they are being left behind by the pace of innovation. However, there appears to be a deep reluctance at multiple levels to try and bring the same kinds of disruptive innovations to the policy making process itself. What’s also clear is that a radical overhaul of these governance mechanisms is essential to making real progress of global environmental, social and economic goals.

5. Business 2025 – The Case for Total Transformation

The event on May 19th is the first in a series of Fast Future multi-sensory transformation experiences. The aim of these events is to stimulate a debate on how businesses, key industry sectors and individuals can transform themselves to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing reality. Each experience will include a range of multi-sensory activities designed to stimulate the mind, body and soul of attendees.

The Case for Total Transformation

The commercial landscape is being reshaped by a powerful combination of forces. Economic shifts are redistributing power, wealth, competition and opportunity around the globe. Disruptive innovations, radical thinking and new business models are impacting every sector. Rapid advances in science and technology are redrawing the boundaries between magic and reality. In response, business cycles are getting faster and shorter. At the same time, new generations are entering the workplace with different expectations, individuals are trying to take greater control of their destiny and social media is changing the way we interact, plan and share.

Faced with this rapidly changing reality, businesses are beginning to recognise that simply changing products, promotion and pricing is not enough to ensure future survival and growth. Many are beginning to understand that they need a clear and meaningful mandate for the decade ahead if they are to attract and retain employees, customers and partners.  Defining and fulfilling this mandate will require a complete rethink of who they are being as well as what they are doing. This first event in the series will explore the underlying drivers of change, highlight emerging business transformation imperatives and present a model and case studies of how organisations can reinvent themselves in a rapidly evolving landscape.

A Multi-sensory Experience

Reflecting the theme of total transformation, the evening will offer a range of stimuli for mind body and soul which are all included in the entry price. These stimuli will be delivered by a cast of brilliant individuals who are all kindly giving their time in support of Street Kids International:

Transformational speed coaching by Claudie Plen of Openness Consulting – A highly experienced coach and expert in leadership development, innovation, soft skills and team building http://www.opennessconsulting.co.uk

Desire speed coaching by Kapil Gupta – an inspirational life coach focused on helping people unlock desire across all aspects of their lives http://www.desirecoaching.com/

Chair massages delivered by Auralay Martin – A truly exceptional massage therapist, Reiki practitioner and life cleanser http://auralay.com

Tap into your ‘blueprint for health and well-being’, alleviate pain and receive an instant energy boost from Marty Fabianova a skilled facilitator of healing and deep relaxation http://www.thebowenway.co.uk

Refreshment for the body and soul sponsored by Fast Future Research and provided by Joanne Thomson and Chas Hines – founders of Food Alchemy – offering healthy bites and nibbles that reflect the growing ecological changes we are challenged with today foodalchemy@hotmail.com 

Photography by Iveta Kovacova –   A very talented event and life experience photographer http://www.ivetakovacova.com

An art exhibit by the incredibly gifted energy painter Lubka Strháková – with a portion of the proceeds going to Street Kids International http://souldrops.co.uk/

More cast members will be announced in the following days.

Auction and Raffle

During the evening, we will be auctioning an in-house speech by Rohit Talwar, coaching sessions and a painting by Lubka Strháková. We will also be holding a raffle with some very special prizes. All proceeds will go to Street Kids International. If you have a prize that you’d like to donate to the auction or raffle please contact rohit@fastfuture.com


To register for the event please visit this page 

If you would like to pay for this event from your charitable donations budget, please select the appropriate option on the registration site and send a cheque to Street Kids International:

Street Kids International, 1st Floor, 1 Creed Court, 5 Ludgate Hill London, EC4M 7AA

Rohit Talwar

Rohit works with clients around the world to help them anticipate, respond to and create the forces, trends and ideas shaping the future. He has a particular interest in using foresight as a catalyst for organisational transformation and specialises in researching and talking about science and technology developments that could shape the next 50 years. Rohit has lectured and spoke in over 60 countries on six continents. He is a regular keynote speaker at in-company seminars, major public conferences and association events. His clients include Allen & Overy, American Express, Barclays, Citibank, Deloitte, E&Y, Etisalat, GE, GSK, IBM, Intel, KPMG, Linklaters, Microsoft, Novartis, Pepsi, Pfizer, PwC, SAP and Tata.

Fast Future http://www.fastfuture.com

Fast Future Research is a foresight and transformation consultancy which helps clients change and reinvent themselves to adapt and thrive in an uncertain future. Our core services are research, consulting, leadership advice, presentations, workshops and the design and delivery of truly multi-sensory participative experiences.

Street Kids International http://uk.streetkids.org

Street Kids International is a charity focused on giving street and other marginalised youth the chance to earn a decent living and participate in their local community and economy. This is achieved by developing and delivering training and tools that support these young people to build businesses and start planning for a positive future.

Forward Foundation http://www.forwardfoundation.org.uk

We are extremely grateful to the Forward Foundation for hosting this first event. The Foundation enables young people living tough lives to secure a fulfilling and productive livelihood – a career they can be proud of.

6.  Rohit on the RoadIn the coming months Rohit is scheduled to deliver speeches in Athens, Bradford, Copenhagen, Dalian, Dallas, Denver, Derby, Dubai, Geneva, Helsinki, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas,  London, Los Angeles, Nashville, Qingdao., Washington DC and Vancouver. If you would like to arrange a meeting or a speech for your organisation during one of those trips please contact rohit@fastfuture.com